GUIDE ON HOW TO INSTALL A SIGHT ON A PISTOL
Now that you have decided to add sights to you weapon for further accuracy as well as precision, first thing you need to do is buy the perfect sight for your gun. Here is a link to a buying guide that might help you decide, https://progunholsters.com/best-pistol-night-sights-available-today-review-buying-guide/.
After choosing your kind of sight, now its time to install or mount it to the gun. Whether you are beginner or an expert there are a few things that need to be taken care of while installing a sight. It could either be on an automatic pistol or a semi automatic pistol called as glock.
Safety first: Always Disarm
Always make sure that there is no ammunition inside the firearm before you start installing anything. This might seem like a given and pretty common advice, however you will be surprised how many accidents people go through because of ignoring this simple step. So always disarm the weapon before you are cleaning it, checking it or installing a sight.
Next thing that you will need to start installing a sight is a bunch of tools.
- A sturdy table
- A plastic punch
- A ruler
- A pencil
- A hammer
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Needle pliers
- Vice or c-clamp
- Mark the Centre
Make a mark at the centre of the pistol frame as well as on the centre of the sight, with the help of a pencil. This helps in proper alignment of the sight according to your pistol.
- Remove the existing sight
A firearm usually comes with a plain black factory installed sight. You will have to remove this before you can install a new one. This can be done with the help of a sight tool that lets you unscrew the previous sight and then gently hammer on it to remove it completely.
- Clean the firearm
Clean the weapon properly using rubbing alcohol before installing the sight. This will help remove any dust or debris or residual oil that might be present on the gun. After its properly cleaned you can move onto the installation.
- Attaching the front sight
A small drop of Loctite is needed here to attach the sight at the contact point. Make sure you have properly aligned the sight using the pencil marks before you screw it.
- Testing rear sights
Make sure the rear sights are tight and not loose or else they might slip or slide off. To ensure that kind of friction you can rub a piece of sandpaper on the bottom of the rear sight. Slide it back and forth a few times while holding the rear sight’s bottom side to the sandpaper.
- Installing sight
Install it only after you have made sure of the correct alignment as well as before properly cleaning the sights as well as the weapon. Make sure the contact point is properly aligned.
That’s it, all you need to do now is to wait for the Loctite to dry, its best to keep it aside for 24 hours atleast. Wipe out any excess of the Loctite on the sides of the firearm before it dries up and then let the sight fully set in.
And there you have it, a perfectly installed brand new sight in your pistol.